Amazon India Fashion week in association with Maybelline New York just got over! What better way to start fashion show posts for 2016! I couldn’t be more excited writing about the 27th edition of the fashion week. There have been fashion shows last year there will be loads this year, so lets cut the mundane blah about the show and talk about what’s different, unique and exquisite. Rather than covering everything, I’ve decided to stick to only what’s best.
So first thing first. The five-day fashion event has found a new location at the capital at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Lodhi Road. Held from 16th to 20th March, there were two new striking things about the fashion week this year, an accessory show and two menswear shows.
More than 100 designers, most established some new, showcased the forecasts for the season ahead with 31 runway shows and 101 exhibit stalls.
‘Mine of Design’ by Sahai Ambar Pariddi and ‘Valliyan’ by Nitya Arora were among the lovely jewellery collections at the fashion week. Check out the lovely headgears, earrings, necklaces, hair and body accessories.
The Indian wear
Malini Ramani’s collection had beautiful sarees, dhoti salwar and drapes in monochrome black, bronze and gold.
Anupama Dayal’s tribalistic and wild collection was unique and funky.
In a snowy icy theme, Samant Chauhan’s red and white gowns were modern, yet contemporary. On the other hand, Shantanu & Nikhil and Gaurav Gupta’s gown were equally stunning.
Western and Indo Western Wear
This blue and grey outfit from the Anaikka collection by Kanika Saluja is serene and elegant.
Strong metallics from Rimzim Dadu’s collection were stunning. She’s back on the ramp with her collection after 2 years. From chiffon cording to fabric created from wires, this collection totally stole the show.
Young, quirky, vibrant, artistic, the list could just go on. This Aneeth Arora uniform-inspired monochrome collection is so fresh. This is her vision of Pippi Longstocking from the classroom to the poppy fields. Lovely!
This outfit from the Hemant and Nandita’s collection “A dark enchantress” is definitely a stunner. Feminine yet powerful, the embroidery adds a touch of versatility to the outfit.
The show stoppers
Malaika Arora turned up the glamour quotient for designer Mandira Wirk’s “Romancing Rococo” collection. Wearing a black and gold gown, Malaika looked radiant. Mandira’s collection is inspired by “the sentiment of Rococo movement which emerged as revolution surpassing the Baroque designs.”
Athiya Shetty walked for Namrata Josipura in a black beaded jumpsuit .
Aditi Rao Hydari turned showstopper for Shruti Sancheti in a modern, chic, royal blue and burnt orange Istanbul inspired outfit.
Shriya Saran walked for Anaikka by Kanika Saluja looking like a goddess in this queen in power, women inspired collection titled ‘Lock, Stitch and Gothic’.
Randeep Hooda turned showstopper for Rohit Kamra’s ‘Royal Look’ collection bringing the old world royal charm. Randeep Hooda portrayed the modern maharaja for Rohit’s collection.
Finally the Grande Finale…
‘Modern India’ the gala theme of the grande finale had 9 established designers showcasing their collections. Delhi-based Rajesh Pratap Singh opened the grande finale, followed by Aneet Arora for ‘Pero’. Other designers included Rahul Mishra, Anju Modi, Amit Aggarwal, Rohit & Rahul, Samant Chauhan, Pankaj & Nidhi and Abraham & Thakore.
Rajesh Pratap’s work had long jackets and pants in deep ivory and gold colours, folds on the front and vintage shoes.
Aneeth Arora for ‘Pero’, handwoven fabrics with overcoats.
Rahul Mishra’s collection had long skirts and gowns in blue and white separates with flowery motifs.
Abraham and Thakore’s collection had skirts and crop tops in earthy brown hues with gold.
Samant Chauhan’s collection was dominated by floor-length anarkali’s and skirts in beige with pleats.
Lehengas and Anarkali’s in red and green with scarfs and boots from Anju Modi’s collection.
Pankaj & Nidhi’s collection had mid dresses, jackets and skirts in bright pink and orange. Even the shoes and hair of the models had shades of pink and orange.
Large skirts with ruffles and frills, this quirky collection by Amit Aggarwal is ethnic yet so modern.
Designer-duo Rohit and Rahul’s collection had chic, classy skirts, jackets and ties with abstract imprints. This was also the only collection had men’s wear in the finale.
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